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RobPreston
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1/22/2014 | 1:32:44 PM
Re: Just a bad article
yinzara, you found one question you find plausible out of this batch of inane questions and you think the whole tone of this article is off base? Have a little fun with it. And the author makes a good case for why the other questions are misguided, useless, or just plain odd. 
yinzara
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1/21/2014 | 3:27:00 PM
Just a bad article
I disagree greatly with the entire tone of this article. Many of the questions stated actually have valid reasons for asking them.  For instance, if I want to know how the new employee works through problems, the question about the number of sq ft pizza in the US is actually completely viable.  You need to ask a question that you know the person would have no idea on the answer to see how they break the problem down into parts.
lairy
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1/21/2014 | 12:55:28 PM
#2 How lucky are you and why - actually there is a good answer to this one!
Great article. Thought of a good answer though to number 2 (how lucky are you and why?): "Luck occurs when preparation meets opportunity. I'm prepared and looking for opportunity
Marilyn Cohodas
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1/21/2014 | 8:43:57 AM
Re: Your worst interview questions?
LOL! @asksqn! The second most stupid interview question (from the same interview) was "Where do you exect to be in five years?" Now that's a common question. But in this case the position was a contract job and the interviewer worked for the company that was outsourcing my work from  another company. So what happened was: I got the job but at the end of one year, the company didn't renew the outsourcing contract with my employer. 

What I wanted to respond during the interview was: "Where will you be when the contract expires at the end of the year!"
Kristin Burnham
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1/21/2014 | 8:29:52 AM
Re: Those logic puzzles, ugh
^^Great point. If a company asks a question with only one right answer, how does that similar scenario play out in the boardroom when there's a critical decision to make?
Brian.Dean
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1/20/2014 | 4:13:53 PM
Re: Zappo's at number 1!
When every company on the planet is trying to use technology and save some cash by phone interviews and video interviews etc, putting in such a curve ball would just undermine the whole process.
TullotoeU883
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1/20/2014 | 2:29:03 PM
Re: Your worst interview questions?
I think every employer is looking for a mythical employee, just like every employee is working for a mythical situation.

 
TullotoeU883
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1/20/2014 | 2:24:41 PM
Re: Those logic puzzles, ugh
Yes, the proposed solution still has everyone divulging their salary.  I am sure we don't all appeciate the math involved, and will believe you when you say that even that was flawed, but even if the math wasn't, you still each shared your salary.
TullotoeU883
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TullotoeU883,
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1/20/2014 | 2:15:49 PM
Re: Stupid Interview Question
The weight of a plane is important to determine the amount of fuel.  If you are forced to land in the middle of timbuk 2, and can simply truck in jet fuel, but need to know how much, you don't need to know all of those questions, the original question most certainly is not moot, and you are too much of a closed minded rube for use to even offer minimum wage.
anon5781225738
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1/20/2014 | 10:19:02 AM
Re: Stupid Interview Question
Not stuff your friend in the trunk?
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